The trend in 🕸 web design these days is to have sleek homepages with big 🖼 pictures and minimal information. This doesn't work for Kamusi. We have way too much going on that 👪 people need to be able to find out about - hundreds of languages, lots of software, dozens of partners, a plethora of sub-projects. Our design is intended to be a bit overwhelming, just like our scope. Using Masonry, we aim for a dynamic effect that melds the Zanzibari kikoi fabric background that has been a constant since our first website in 1995, a color palette that has evolved to match, abstract artistic concepts, and the shifting layout of sites like Pinterest.
Navigation: We recommend that you scroll through the homepage to get an overview of what is available to you at Kamusi, and to read items you come across that spark your interest. However, the homepage has far too much information for you to easily find what you need just by scrolling. We have 3 techniques for you to find information more precisely:
Themes. Boxes are roughly clustered into common topics. You can select a theme to move quickly to that section. Themes also have dedicated pages you can reach through our Glide-Through system.
Glide-Through. The bottom of each Infobox has a link to a stand-alone page for that box. From any independent page, you can use the navigation boxes to hop around to the individual pages for all our content, while always having access to the dictionary search bar. This is the fastest and lightest way to glide through Kamusi, and the default option for visitors on mobile devices.
The user experience is modelled in some ways on contemporary airports. In many airports these days, all travellers are channelled through a glitzy shopping area between security and their gates. You are always free to ignore the items on display, but you cannot help but have a glimpse of the themes (chocolates, liquor, perfumes,...) and special items on offer. You can browse on your way through (stay on the homepage), or you can find your gate and then come back to the duty free when you are ready (glide-through). Of course, we hope that your visits to Kamusi will be a lot less jarring than a typical dash through an airport, and that we will provide you with a stimulating way to reach many new destinations!
These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.
•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams
We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:
Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.
Answers to general questions you might have about Kamusi services.
We are building this page around real questions from members of the Kamusi community. Send us a question that you think will help other visitors to the site, and frequently we will place the answer here.